The 3rd Annual World Top 20 Project’s Global Universities Rankings were produced to measure the quality of education and training for students 18 to 25 year olds, as well as, the university’s economic and social impact in promoting their country’s sustainable development.
500 Universities were chosen, that meet NJ MED’s World Top 20 project objectives to: 1) improve nation’s attainment and achievement levels towards establishing a knowledge base workforce for the 21st century, and 2) promote social skills that positively affect community development.
The Universities were then ranked in eight global regions (Africa, Asia, Caribbean, Central America, Europe, Oceania, North America, and South America). The 20 universities with the highest overall scores were selected for the World Top 20 rankings.
The World Top 20 Universities Rankings for 2017
HERE is the complete top 20 list and information for each university. Below you will find their annual power ranking scores:
The 2017 Global Regional Rankings of the top 5 Universities are:
- University of Cape Town – South Africa
- University of the Witwatersrand – South Africa
- Stellenbosch University – South Africa
- University of KwaZulu-Natal – South Africa
- University of Johannesburg – South Africa
- The University of Tokyo, Japan
- Tsinghua University -China
- National University of Singapore, Singapore
- Nanyang Technological University of Singapore (NTU)
- Kyoto University – Japan
- Universidad de la Habana – Cuba
- University of Puerto Rico at Mayaguez – Puerto Rico
- Universidad de Puerto Rico – Puerto Rico
- University of Puerto Rico Rio Piedras – Puerto Rico
- University of the West Indies – Jamaica
- Universidad de Costa Rico – Costa Rico
- Universidad Nacional- Costa Rico
- Universidad Rafael Landívar – Guatemala
- Universidad de El Salvador – El Salvador
- Universidad Latinoamericana de Ciencia y Tecnologia, Costa Rica
- University of Cambridge, UK
- University of Oxford, UK
- Imperial College London, UK
- ETH Zurich – Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, Switzerland
- UCL (University College London), UK
1. The University of Melbourne – Australia
2. The University of Sydney – Australia
3. The Australian National University – Australia
4. The University of Queensland – Australia
5. The University of New South Wales – Australia
- Harvard University, USA
- Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), USA
- Stanford University, USA
- California Institute of Technology (Caltech), USA
- Princeton University, USA
- Universidade Federal de Sao Paulo – Brazil
- Universidad Federal do Rio de Janeiro – Brazil
- Universidad de Buenos Aires – Argentina
- Pontificia Universidad Catoilca de Chile
- Universidade Estadual de Campinas – Brazil
You can also see, The Best Education Systems in 2017, and the New the Global Education Report on How to Improve Your Country’s Education System, here.
How Universities Are Ranked – The Methodology
Two primary level indicators – Economics and Social Affairs, were used to rank the universities in categories. Then 7 criteria – Innovation; Research; Publications; Facilities; Teaching; Employability; and Social Responsibility, were used to measure each university’s strengthens within the two primary indicators.
Below is the methodology indicator’s criteria scoring scale system:
- Innovation (60%): Innovation, the output of the universities activities and findings to economy, society and culture, in agriculture, healthcare, financial and communication services, and its help in sustaining innovations (which supplant older products with revolutionary and more superior ones) and efficiency designs (which permit companies to build and sell established products for less) help companies serve their existing customers better, that drives economic growth.
- Research (30%): This category criteria looks, at the university’s global and regional academic reputation for research excellence amongst they’re peers. The aggregate number of citations per paper represents the overall impact of the research by the university in industries publications. And finally, the role of universities in disseminating brand-new knowledge and ideas in the global research community.
- Publications (10%): This criteria is based on the overall number of scholarly papers (reviews, articles and notes) that contain affiliations to a university and are published in high-quality, impactful journals. This is also influenced by the amount of papers that have been assigned as being in the top 10 percent of the most highly cited papers in the world for their respective fields. As the quantity of highly cited papers is compared with similar papers (same publication year, subject and document type), that can be considered a robust indication of how much excellent research the university produces.
Social Affairs Indicators
- Facilities (15%): A University’s learning and living environment, and infrastructure are a key indicator for students to know what to expect from their university experience. Factors such as housing, IT, library and career development facilities, in addition to the number of students’ societies were considered within this criterion. This category is studied to offer a definite sense of the learning environment of each institution from both the student and the academic perspective.
- Teaching (30%): A University’s quality of faculty is a major role of its ability to attract and nurture tomorrow’s finest minds, and inspire the next generation of potential research academics. This indicator measured the number of academics who have won major international awards, prizes, medals, and student teaching quality assessment data feedback, in addition to, study rate and student faculty ratio.
- Employability (40%): The most important indicator of a university’s success is its ability to help industry with innovations, inventions and a work-ready graduated workforce. That can be measured by the number of a university’s alumni who have the ability to work effectively in a multi-cultural environment, to deliver presentations, to manage people and projects, and ultimately hold CEO positions internationally, nationally and locally. The data to access these results were gathered from surveys of employers, graduate employment rates and careers service support.
- Social Responsibility (15%): Effective indicators are the number of obligations a university organizes and takes to society by investing in the local community as well as in charity work and disaster relief. We also examine the inclusiveness of the university to students, especially at scholarships and bursaries, disability access, gender balance and low-income outreach, and the university’s engagement in environmental awareness and its regional human capital development.
The Scoring Point System
To calculate each university’s score, two tables were created for both indicators – Economic and Social Affairs-will their criteria base score being tallied from a scale set of five values: 5-Excellent, 4- Very Good, 3-Good, 2-Average and 1-Poor.
Each criteria value point is given a score based on data collected by our research team, and then calculated for a mean average for the indicator, and then combined with the second indicator to arrive at total, which is divided for the final average score.
Statistical data were collected from Institutions database and educational publications for use in the criteria value scores.
The results from each universities score were then matched with the results from the world’s top 4 international higher education survey rankings – US News & World Report (Best Global Universities), The Times Higher Education (World Reputation Rankings), QS Top Universities (World University Rankings), and Center for World University Rankings, to selected this year’s final 20 universities.